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Arts / Entertainment

Internationally acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet

March 28, 2010

Audiences and critics alike champion the Borromeo String Quartet for their affinity for making even the most challenging, contemporary repertoire approachable and enlightening. The Borromeo -- who return to Colorado State for their sixth year as quartet in residence -- appear in concert on Friday, April 1 in the Griffin Concert Hall.

From left to right: Nicholas Kitchen, violin;  Yeesun Kim, cello; Mai Motobuchi, viola; and Kristopher Tong, violin. Image taken by Eli Akerstein.

Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.
University Center for the Arts
Griffin Concert Hall

Colorado State University welcomes the Borromeo String Quartet for a sixth year as quartet in residence. The internationally acclaimed guests perform as part of the Virtuoso Concert Series on Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts, located at 1400 Remington St.


  • $12 for the public
  • $7 for Colorado State students
  • $1 for youth ages 2 to 17

This concert is part of the Commitment to Campus program. Colorado State employees can get one free pair of tickets per school year to attend a campus event of their choice.

Tickets are available at the new University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-ARTS (2787), or online. Advance purchase is highly recommended, though tickets are available at the door one hour before performances begin. 

Meet the quartet's musicians

The concert is followed by a “Meet the Artist” reception where patrons are invited to meet the performers, and mingle with other patrons, while enjoying dessert breads, coffee and tea generously provided by Great Harvest Bread Co., Mugs Coffee Lounge and Whole Foods Market.

Paperless playing

The Borromeo String Quartet – Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; and Yeesun Kim, cello – is one of the most sought after string quartets in the world.

The tech savvy quartet will share something of their blend of art, science, and technology when they take their seats in front of four modified music stands, each holding a MacBook. The monitors will glow blue in the dim light of the stage and the quartet will "turn" their pages with floor pedals plugged into USB ports.

Watch the Borromeo on YouTube demonstrating their technology. 

Nicholas Kitchen, violin - techno shot by Eli Akerstein.

Unbridled joy in the music

“The Borromeos are bent on getting us to feel the unbridled joy in the music- they rarely play it safe. They’re champions of new music...but they also thrive on making the old classics sound vital and fresh,” said Cathy Fuller, National Public Radio. The innovative quartet will perform a powerful program of all Beethoven’s quartets including Op. 18,6, Op. 74, and Op. 135.

Chamber Music Festival

Colorado State University is proud to host the 8th Annual Pre-College Chamber Music Festival, a two-day instructional intensive for the region’s best high school string quartets, culminating with a free concert on Saturday, April 2, 3 p.m. in the Organ Recital Hall at the University Center for the Arts. Prizes will be awarded.

Residency and masterclasses

During their residency, the quartet will conduct MasterClasses; the MasterClass Series at CSU features the world’s finest performers in their genre, providing hands-on instruction to top select students in an open, informal setting.

During the festival, the Borromeo String Quartet will coach participating pre-college quartets in individual sessions; additionally, a pre-college quartet masterclass will be held on Saturday, April 2 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Organ Recital Hall. This event is free and open to public.

“The Borromeo residency continues to be a high point of the Colorado State University string program,” said Barbara Thiem, special assistant professor of cello and chamber music at CSU.

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Large feature image accompanying this story's intro by Eli Akerstein. Thumbnail image by Christian Steiner.

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603